Outcomes and implications of GRALE 3: the third global report on adult education and learning

4.15 to 5.45 pm, 14 February 2017, Room 790 UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Presenter: Professor Tom Schuller

Every three years, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning undertakes a global survey of the state of adult learning (GRALE). The third GRALE report was published in late 2016. As well as covering broad developments in adult learning, the survey had as its principal theme the benefits of learning, focusing on health, employment and community effects.  As the main editor of the survey, Tom Schuller will describe some of the challenges involved in carrying out the survey; present some of its primary conclusions; and reflect on the issues arising.

Professor Tom Schuller is the main editor of the 3rd GRALE report – the Global Report on Adult Learning, published in 2016 by Unesco’s Institute of Lifelong Learning.

From 2008-2010 he directed the independent Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, sponsored by the UK’s National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education.  With David Watson he co-authored the Inquiry’s main report, Learning Through Life. 

From 2003-2008 he was Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) at OECD, the Paris-based international think tank, with responsibility for CERI’s projects relating to some 30 countries.   

Before that Tom was Dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education and Professor of Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck, University of London; and co-director of the Research Centre on the Wider Benefits of Learning.   

He chairs the Governing Board of the Working Men’s College in London, Europe’s oldest adult education institute. 

His latest book: The Paula Principle – how and why women work below their competence level will be published by Scribe in March 2017.

The seminar is free to attend, but prior registration would be helpful: please contact  to book a place.